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Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!

The 56th Annual Obie Awards were given out at a ceremony last night at Webster Hall in Greenwich Village. The event was co-hosted by S. Epatha Merkerson and David Hyde Pierce, and the awards were presented by Alec BaldwinAndrew Rannells, Arian Moayad, Frank WoodJim ParsonsJohn LarroquetteLiev SchreiberLin-Manuel MirandaMamie GummerMargaret Colin,Nina AriandaPatina Miller, and Rose HemingwayAnthony Rapp, of the original cast of the Obie Award-winning musical RENT and his band from the musical WITHOUT YOU performed at the ceremony.

The Obies were judged by a committee of six, chaired by Michael Feingold, chief theater critic of The Village Voice. Joining him were Voice critic Alexis Soloski and four guest judges: Critic Hilton Als of The New Yorker; playwright David Henry Hwang, a three-time Obie Award winner for his plays F.O.B., Golden Child, and Yellow Face; director Evan Yionoulis, an Obie award winner for her production of Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain; and critic Andy Propst, of TheaterMania AmericanTheaterWeb.com (also a frequent Voice contributor), who served as secretary to the committee.

THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, by Kristoffer Diaz, received the Obie Award for Best New American Play, which is accompanied by a $1000 check. Repertorio Espanol and its co-founder and artistic director, René Buch, received the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. A complete list of awards is given below.

Performance
F. Murray Abraham, sustained excellence of performance
André Braugher, THE WHIPPING MAN (Manhattan Theatre Club)
Michael Chernus, IN THE WAKE (Public Theater)
Ethan Hawke, BLOOD FROM A STONE (The New Group)
Hamish Linklater, THE SCHOOL FOR LIES (Classic Stage Company)
Laurie MetcalfThe Other Place (Manhattan Class Company)
Thomas Sadoski, OTHER DESERT CITIES (Lincoln Center Theater)
Scott Shepherd, GATZ (Elevator Repair Service / Public Theater)
Brenda Wehle, THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES (Signature Theatre / Public Theater)
Charlayne Woodard, THE WITCH OF EDMONTON (Red Bull Theater)

Playwriting
Samuel D. Hunter, A BRIGHT NEW BOISE (Partial Comfort Productions)
Jonas Hassen Khemiri, INVASION! (The Play Company)

Direction
Austin Pendleton, THREE SISTERS (Classic Stage Company)
Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (New York Theatre Workshop)
Leigh Silverman, IN THE WAKE (Public Theater) and GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE (Playwrights Horizons)

Design
Jill BC Du Boff, sustained excellence of sound design
Donyale Werle, sustained excellence of set design

Special Citations
design and choreography, SLEEP NO MORE (Punchdrunk Theatre)
Felix Barrett, Livi Vaughan, Beatrice Minns, Maxine Doyle, Stephen Dobbie, Euan Maybank, and David Israel Reynoso
Young Jean Lee, WE'RE GONNA DIE (13P / Joe's Pub)
debbie tucker green and Leah C. Gardiner, BORN BAD (Soho Rep)

Obie Grants ($2,500 to each theater)
METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE

WAKKA WAKKA

The Ross Wetzsteon Award (includes $1,000 check)
BELARUS FREE THEATRE

Best New American Play (includes $1,000 check)
THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY by Kristoffer Diaz (Second Stage)

Lifetime Achievement Award
René Buch and Repertorio Espanol

 

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Andrew Rannells

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Andrew Rannells

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Margaret Colin

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Rose Hemingway

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Mamie Gummer

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Mamie Gummer and Margaret Colin

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
S. Epatha Merkerson

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
David Hyde Pierce

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
David Hyde Pierce and S. Epatha Merkerson

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Roger Rees

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Kristoffer Diaz

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Kristoffer Diaz and Alec Baldwin

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Michael Chernus

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Ami Brabson

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
John Collins

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Charlayne Woodard

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Margaret Colin, Charlayne Woodard and Arian Moayed

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Samuel D. Hunter

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Leigh Silverman

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Chris Kerson

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
David Israel Reynoso and Stephen Dobbie

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
David Israel Reynoso, Hope T. Davis and Stephen Dobbie

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Ethan Hawke

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Liev Schreiber

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Nina Arianda

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Leah C. Gardine

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Leah C. Gardine

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Brenda Wehle

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Jill BC DuBoff

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Young Jean Lee

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Rose Hemingway, F. Murray Abraham and John Larroquette

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
John Larroquette

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
F. Murray Abraham

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
F. Murray Abraham

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
F. Murray Abraham

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Anthony Rapp

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Patina Miller

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Andrew Rannells and Patina Miller

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Andrew Rannells and Patina Miller

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Anthony Rapp

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Kate Loewald, Jonas Hassen Khemiri and Lauren Weigel

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Donyale Werle

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Alex Timbers and Roger Rees

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Hamish Linklater

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Austin Pendleton

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Alex Roe

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Kirjan Waage and Gwendolyn Warnock

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Rene' Buch, Selenis Leyva, Robert Federico and Jose Cruz

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rene' Buch, Robert Federico, Selenis Leyva and Jose Cruz

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rene' Buch and Robert Federico

Photos: CHAD DIETY, Hawke, Abraham & More Win Big at Obie Awards!


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